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Mass Effect

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
89
4.1
Xbox 360
90
3.8

User Reviews

Massively entertaining Windows אולג 小奥 (168848)
An epic adventure of the most humble proportions. Windows St. Martyne (3562)
The expanding universe Windows NeoJ (428)
A top-of-the-line space opera, an above-average game Xbox 360 CrackTheSky (36)
Biowarian Imperialism At It's Worst Windows Happy Rabbi (1305)
In The Distant Future, In A Galaxy Not So Far Away.... Xbox 360 MasterMegid (897)
Fantastic and Disappointing Space Opera Xbox 360 Tom Cross (31)
A space odyssey of epic proportions Xbox 360 Zokolov (66)
Neither fish nor fowl - but nourishing nonetheless Windows Kit Simmons (246)
An astounding experience from square one. Absolutely recommended! Windows Tomer Gabel (4388)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Windows 111 4.1
Xbox 360 60 3.8
Combined MobyScore 171 4.0


The Press Says

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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Role-players, put your lighters up in the air. This is every bit the sci-fi rock concert it was meant to be, with an unbeatable cast, an impenetrable storyline, and an undeniable gravity making Mass Effect impossible to escape.
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Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
All of these elements blend together perfectly to deliver the most cinematic gaming experience since Metal Gear Solid on the PSOne. MGS was the only other game that I have played that I felt like I was actually playing a movie. I really can’t say enough good things about Mass Effect. If you liked KotOR then you owe it to yourself to check out Bioware’s new benchmark. If you like science fiction movies, or political dramas, then you need to play this game. You won’t be disappointed!
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Xbox 360Jive Magazine
In closing this is easily the most stunning game visually to come out on the 360, as well as having the best story line. Future patches may fix some of the slowdowns but I'm afraid the weak AI is there to stay. This one is a Buy!”
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Xbox 360AceGamez
Mass Effect certainly has a few flaws, but it's easily the most enthralling space adventure that's ever been created for a video game platform. It honestly makes the Halo narrative look like amateur hour! Much of the credit goes to a writing staff that has created this stunning game world with nothing more than pure imagination. While Mass Effect isn't a revolutionary step for Bioware, it's certainly evolutionary. Combining the elements that made KOTOR so entertaining with a combat system that's much more accessible for the teeming masses of shooter fans, the end result is a highly successful experience that almost every type of gamer should absolutely love - it's already become one of my favorite games of all-time! Mass Effect really deserves to hit the top of the bestsellers list this holiday season and every Xbox 360 owner needs to check it out now, or they'll be missing out on one of the most amazing gaming experiences currently available on any system.
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Xbox 360HonestGamers
And that brings us to length. I completed Mass Effect in little more than twenty hours, which may seem like a travesty when compared with many other successful RPGs. But Mass Effect’s amazingly involving methods of storytelling are truly unmatched, and with rarely a moment that isn’t spectacular, BioWare has (regardless of length) skillfully crafted one of the most compelling RPGs ever made. They’ve created a world where every problem can be overcome with a different solution, a world where an impossible predicament can be resolved not through the strength of your firearms but through the power of your words, a world where the fate of an entire race can lay at your fingertips. That is the world of Mass Effect.
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Xbox 360Snackbar-Games.com
Mass Effect is beautiful, tactical, challenging, full of replay value, and most of all - fun. The story woven is a gripping one, and you'll want to play through multiple times to explore different classes and squad combinations (and to get all of the achievements). This is what science fiction role playing games are supposed to be.
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Xbox 360GamePro (US)
And yet, these issues, which would have been enough to cripple a lesser game, cannot take the shine off of a title like Mass Effect. The title's greatest strength is the way it completely wraps you in the main protagonist's skin, which is something more RPG games should strive to do. The game's staggering depth and complexity is also impressive, as is its accessibility. If you are an RPG fan, you should definitely give this game a look; it is good enough that you'll find yourself disappearing deeper into Mass Effect each time you play and demanding the inevitable sequel long before it's due.
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Xbox 360Video Game Generation
The 10 rating is one that often causes controversy. I’ve given one out (to Gears of War) already, and I’ll probably catch flack for giving it out again. The way I look at it is simply this: to me a 10 score on any title I review means that it’s so good that there will only be a few others that even come close to it in a generation. Because BioWare obliterated the bar it had helped set for RPGs and has created in my opinion the Game of the Year for 2007, Mass Effect is a solid 10 with no regrets.
100
Xbox 360RPG Land
Bottom line here is that players need to ask themselves a few questions to decide if they should pick up Mass Effect. Do you own an Xbox 360? Do you like good games? Do you want to play something that should go down in gaming history as a watershed moment? If you answered yes to the first question, then get the game. It may sound like hyperbole but Mass Effect is, by this reviewer’s surmise, the game of the year at the very least.
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Xbox 360Game Critics
An incredible effort from any perspective, Mass Effect sets the new standard for story-driven games, and has unquestionably surpassed all others to become the preeminent science fiction franchise today. As far as I'm concerned, nothing else can hold a candle to it, and the great minds at BioWare should be extremely proud of what they've created. I was honestly sorry when the game came to an end, although in a way, I'm glad it did. I'll start showing up to work again, and my pets will finally get fed. I'll just have to console myself with the knowledge that this disc is the first of a planned trilogy—and if the next two are even half as good as this one, it will make the torturous wait to return to the Mass Effect universe well worth it.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
All together I can't think of a better way to spend $60, or spend 30+ hours of my time when it comes to gaming this winter. On top of everything I mentioned, there's quite a bit of replay value to Mass Effect, not only with the introduction of a New Game + mode that will allow you to carry over the stats and current level of your main character, but with the hardcore and insanity difficulties are that are unlocked. Also, playing thru as a Paragon or Renegade will net you different style endings and quests, and then of course there's all the little nuances that pop up in dialogue and story depending on how you decide to make up your squad. There's a ton of variation throughout the entire game, and an amazing amount of detail to be explored. I'd say it's an absolute must buy for anyone that loves gaming, and I hope you'll get as much out of the experience as I have.
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WindowsTilt.tv
Varsinaisen sisällön kannalta peli on identtinen konsoliversion kanssa, joten tarinan kannalta on sikäli yksi ja sama, kumpaa pelaa: kyseessä on joka tapauksessa yksi alan parhaiten käsikirjoitetuista peleistä. Jos joku kuitenkin harkitsee, pelaisiko peliä PC:llä vai Xbox 360:lla, valinta on helppo: PC-versiota on yksinkertaisesti paljon mukavampi pelata. Pelin hyvät hetket ovat toki aivan yhtä hyviä konsolillakin, mutta tärkeä ero piilee siinä, että kyseisten hetkien saavuttaminen tuntuu nyt paljon hauskemmalta ja sujuvammalta puuhalta.
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WindowsGameBoomers
While the game is not perfect and has its moments of oddly placed dialog and the occasional glitch, the only other adjectives I can use in reference to Mass Effect are immersive, imaginative, expansive and just plain fun. BioWare has a potential dynasty on their hands with this game if a game editor is ever made available. Apparently, additional content is already up on BioWare's website. Due to the ability to select different Character Classes, Dispositions, and the multiple directions that decision and dialog trees can run, re-playability is high for this game.
100
Windowsvideogamer.com
Some BioWare fans viewed EA's recent purchase of the studio with concern and cynicism. Mass Effect and any subsequent games in the series would now be ported to every platform under the sun as quickly as possible and with scant consideration for quality. That is, as hardened gamers say, the EA way. Now that we've ploughed our way through the game for a second time on PC we can safely say that there was nothing to worry about. BioWare could probably have released a PC version identical to the 360 game and got away with it. But it hasn't. It's done it properly. It has listened to the community - its moans, groans and gripes - and given fans what they've asked for. This is a port, but it's more than a port. BioWare, with a little help from a friend, has made one of the best RPGs ever made even better.
100
WindowsGameSpy
It's a rare thing when a game comes along with the power to move a player emotionally. If you missed it the first time around, or were waiting for the inevitable PC version, you won't be disappointed here. Mass Effect takes interactive entertainment to new heights and is wholeheartedly recommended.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
These are mere niggles, and while you shouldn't ignore them you certainly shouldn't be put off by them. Despite BioWare's efforts to disguise the game's roots it's still an RPG and will mostly appeal to male hardcore gamers (a lack of an in-game tutorial is evidence of that). It's not an attempt to revolutionise gaming as we know it. But that's no bad thing. Mass Effect is a triumph. A triumph for the science fiction video game, a triumph for the action RPG and a triumph for next generation gaming. And it sets up the sequel perfectly. I want to know what happens next. I want BioWare to release new planets as DLC. I want online co-op so other people can take control of my squad members. I have had a sip of this bewitching cocktail and now I want to down the whole lot. Bar a pre-Christmas release of stupendous proportions, Mass Effect is my game of the year.
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Xbox 360G4 TV: X-Play
All in all, Mass Effect is a towering achievement that surpassed my expectations on every level. While aspects of the game may feel familiar, this is the game that all the other before it only hinted at. Do not plan to play it just once. The world created here is to be explored different ways to find all the amazing goodness tucked away in its corners. Thirty hours after I began, all I wanted to do was build a new character and start again. It’s just that good.
100
Xbox 360GameSpy
It's a rare thing when a game comes along with the power to move a player emotionally. Warts and all, you'll want to experience Mass Effect if you have any interest at all in enjoying one of the greatest efforts that modern videogaming has to offer. Mass Effect takes interactive entertainment to breathtaking new heights and is wholeheartedly recommended. This is one of the best games of the year, and will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the greatest games ever made.
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
I have played so many games now in my life, that it's easy to not be bowled over by games; but Mass Effect has certainly offered me a gaming experience that I will not forget. I am just glad that I've been able to devote some solid time playing the game and now look forward to Mass Effect 2 which the ending most certainly hints at. Perhaps we'll see some fresh downloadable content at some point. I feel that Mass Effect has delivered an exceptional gaming experience, and whilst it's not perfect, sometimes you just have to give a game credit where it is due; especially in light of the sea of mediocre games we have on any system during its life cycle. I find a 10/10 score to be well justified, and well deserved for this game.
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Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Mass Effect is one of those games that you could talk about forever, the graphics are fantastic, some of the best seen on the Xbox 360, the FMV sequences are incredible as is the voice acting which is so-in sync with what is on the screen that you will have to look twice to see if you put the dvd player on by mistake. The depth of the game is also incredible, if you where to compare Mass Effect to anything then saying it is Oblivion in space would probably not be far off the mark. The only real downside is that the combat is quite weak on occasions, however weak combat or not, once you put this game in your disc tray just try taking it out again, we bet you can’t.
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Xbox 360Heroes of Gaming
BioWare has recruited actual actors to do many of the voice acting in the game. One of whom is Seth Green from the facetious Austin Powers movies. Even the weapons have a realistic ambiance to them. The live orchestral musical score definitely fit's the tone the game developers were attempting to capture. Overall, Mass Effect is a game that revolutionizes the role playing game genre. Move over Final Fantasy VII and Oblivion. There is a new king of the role playing game genre, and that king is Mass Effect.
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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
The storyline is right up there with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and we are can barely hold back our excitement to see what happens in the next two games. Unfortunately when pushing the envelope as far as Bioware did there are bound to be a few consequences, thus keeping it from a perfect score. Every minute of Mass Effect was a joy to play and we will play through it another 5 times before the sequel comes out. There are no movies or screenshots on the internet that do this game justice; you have to see it moving on your television to really appreciate it. We also recommend you read the Mass Effect book before playing the game if you have time as it really helps give some background to the massive storyline/characters. Bioware has outdone itself and created a brand new game/IP that is even better than their previous games; it will be hard not to vote for Mass Effect as the sure winner of “game of the year”.
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Xbox 360GameZone
The first in a trilogy, Mass Effect delivers the next-generation experience I was expecting. The storyline had me hooked until the very end where it left me wanting more. I can honestly say that the universe Bioware created is the best I have encountered since George Lucas created Star Wars. Never have I been compelled to find out everything there is to a storyline as I did with Mass Effect. I read every Codex (Mass Effect’s encyclopedia) entry two times over, talked to every NPC, looked online for developer interviews, and just about anything you can imagine filling my brain with all the knowledge on the universe. This life is too short, and not to mention mixed up, to miss out on Mass Effect – the best game of this generation of video games.
98
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
If you haven't played BioWare's masterpiece yet, my only warning is that once you do you'll also be wishing you could time travel - so you could jump into the future and play the sequel.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
You'll want more from it, but by no means does it hold the experience back, nor does it make you wish you were playing something else. In fact, I think you'll agree that Mass Effect is one of video game's greatest treasures. It's an adventure that is so captivating that you'll be counting the days for the sequel. It takes interactive storytelling to new heights and brings the player closer to content than ever before. It's easily one of the year's best titles and one of the most impressive games to date.
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Xbox 360XboxZone (Australia)
For the rest us, though, especially those who love RPGs and/or are devoted Bioware fans, this game in many ways respresents an evolution of the genre. With Bioware, you expect a remarkably engaging storyline, rich characters, an intuitive control system and a plethora of quests to embark on. Added to the mix this time around is a combat system which is a massive stop forward (and will only improve in the sequels) and a scope which can only truly be defined as epic. I’ve only really touched the surface of what Mass Effect offers in this review, but its best you discover all by yourself the plethora of details that make this game so special. It may have a bit of a learning curve early on, and is definitely not for the faint of heart, but the amount of time one puts into this game is directly proportionate to what they’ll get back, and that is one beast of a video game that truly deserves Game of the Year honours. It is an outstanding achievement that you owe it to yourself to play.
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WindowsGry OnLine
Pecet – ostateczna granica. Oto wędrówki gry Mass Effect, kontynuującej misję odkrywania nowych, nieznanych konfiguracji sprzętowych i poszukiwania kolejnych graczy. Jako że epizod w zielonym świecie Xboksów 360 bez wątpienia uznać można za sukces, wspomnianą granicę przekracza już jako zwycięzca. Co prawda powodzenie i poważanie na gruncie konsolowym nie przenosi się tak łatwo na pecetowy, jednak w tym wypadku powinno obyć się bez większych zgrzytów. Za wszystkim stoi bowiem pewna bardzo mocna marka...
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WindowsPlay.tm
I've played every single Bioware game out there and while a number of compromises do stand out the central storyline and its related gameplay is some of their finest work. Did I mention the last two hours are pure gaming and storytelling nirvana?
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WindowsPelit
Mass Effect on kokonaisuutena hämmentävän taidokas näyte siitä, mihin suuntaan pelien pitäisi olla menossa. Bioware on aina panostanut tarinaan ja hyvään dialogiin, mutta tällä kertaa ollaan päästy vihdoin tietyn kriittisen rajan yli. Varsinainen hahmonkehitys eri kykyjen ja pisteiden jakamisen kanssa on perinteisellä mittakaavalla mitattuna melko yksinkertaista, mutta siitä huolimatta Mass Effect on ehkäpä ensimmäinen peli, jossa voi todella pelata roolia. Hahmoaan voi elää koko tarinakaaren ajan juuri sellaisena kuin itse haluaa.Biowaren toisen perustajan Ray Muzykan mukaan tekijöiden päämääränä on ollut luoda Mass Effectistä mahdollisimman rikas ja kasariscifille uskollinen eeppinen kokemus. Tässä on onnistuttu lähes täydellisesti. Jos itseään toistavat sivutehtävät jättää omaan arvoonsa, on Mass Effectistä vaikea löytää mitään valittamista.Suomalaisella vaatimattomuudella nimeän sen yhdeksi kaikkien aikojen parhaista tietokoneroolipeleistä.
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Xbox 360XBox Front
Ich persönlich kann jedem Gamer nur empfehlen, sich dieses Meisterwerk ins heimische Regal zu holen um in die unendlichen Weiten der Galaxie aufzubrechen. Eine bessere Möglichkeit dazu gibt es nicht und wird es, sieht man von den beiden Fortsetzungen einmal ab, auch vorerst nicht geben.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
If I could only choose one game this holiday season, it would have to be Mass Effect. Fortunately, I review games for a living so I can take advantage of a number of the wonderful titles coming out before the first of the year. If you're looking for a title that tells a great story, is loaded with content, has a surprising amount of re-playability due to customization, and will keep you glued to your couch, Mass Effect is a great choice. It's unfortunate that the game has a mature rating and only comes out for the Xbox 360. If you're under 17 or are a Sony snob, you are going to miss out big time. For the rest of us it's smooth sailing across a galaxy full of adventure!
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Xbox 360GameTrailers
Involving, ambitious, and beautifully executed, Mass Effect is a powerful experience that has a lot to offer anyone who plays games as more than a casual diversion. A typical run through will take well over 20 hours depending on how closely you stick to the core missions, but it’s well-paced and has hours of completely optional--but still interesting--content if you want to see everything it has to offer. It's certainly not perfect, but the minor performance issues and needlessly complex menus are like tiny specks in a celestial sea of awesomeness.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
Mass Effect effectively immerses gamers into a rich universe filled with interstellar conflict, planetary exploration and intense combat situations. The emotionally charged plot line digs deep within the player questioning humanities role in the galaxy. Mass Effect isn’t without its flaws, but when you have a complete project on the scale of Mass Effect these flaws fade into the background. Bioware has made another successful role-playing game that will please fans of the genre, science fiction advocates and any gamer who is looking for an engaging new experience.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
Despite it's flaws, there's no denying that Mass Effect is one of the best games of the year, and is certainly the best RPG on the Xbox 360 (sorry Blue Dragon fans!). It's also one of the most cinematic games of all-time, something that's definitely helped by a fantastic story, great writing, movie-quality direction, and strong voiceover work. We can only hope that it really is the first part of a trilogy, as we can't wait to see where the story goes next. We've heard people say that Mass Effect could be Star Wars for a new generation. If the first chapter is any indication of what BioWare has planned for the future, the sky's the limit.
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Xbox 360games xtreme
Mass Effect opens up a realm of amazing story telling with a cinematic experience that makes you feel like part of the story. With combat that forces you to think and multiple ways to develop your character and experience, Mass Effect will blow your mind.
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Xbox 360GamesCollection
Mass Effect ha troppi pregi da descrivere in una recensione sola, probabilemente ci andrebbe stretto anche uno speciale. E' mastodontico, ben fatto, realizzato eccellentemente da mani sapienti che da anni regalano forti emozioni ai giocatori di mezzo mondo. Tematiche forti, specialmente sessuali e di razialità, spesso al centro di pesanti critiche nel nostro mondo reale, Mass Effect propone un universo colmo di ogni specie e razza, uniti sotto un unico tetto nel rispetto della convivenza. Una superba favola sci-fi raccontata sapientemente che si lascia gestire totalmente sin dalle prime battute da noi giocatori, a nostro piacimento, plasmando il nostro alter ego e tutto quello che lo circonda a nostro gusto. Insomma, compratelo e giocatevelo, non può assolutamente mancare nella vostra collezione. E se siete appassionati di Knights of the Old Republic, forse è il caso che vi compriate una 360.
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WindowsGamezone (Germany)
Da kann man nur froh sein, dass bereits Nachfolger am fernen Horizont aufgetaucht sind. Bei all der motivierenden Sammelwut, dem Aufleveln und den actionreichen, aber auch taktisch geprägten Kämpfen, gibt es auch einige Kritikpunkte, wie die teils debile Mitstreiter-KI, die leider kaum verbessert wurde. Dafür hat BioWare in Sachen Technik ordentlich nachgebessert: Keine Nachladeruckler mehr, keine Textur Pop-Ups und die Grafik sieht auf dem PC insgesamt einen Tick schärfer aus. Auch die perfekt angepasste Steuerung und das übersichtlichere Inventar-Layout überzeugen voll. Mit Mass Effect bekommen nun auch die PCler ein Rollenspiel, das für viele Stunden in eine fantastische Welt voller skurriler Aliens, Verrat, Freundschaft, moralischer Zwickmühlen und jeder Menge Geheimnisse eintauchen lässt. Wer nur annähernd etwas mit Actionspielen und RPGs anfangen kann, muss sich Mass Effect kaufen.
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WindowsLooki
Auch auf dem Rechenknecht präsentiert sich Mass Effect genauso spektakulär, wie auf der 360. Das ist wenig verwunderlich, schließlich hätte sich Bioware grobe Schnitzer in der Umsetzung leisten müssen, um ein solch grandioses Spielerlebnis zu Nichte zu machen. Glücklicherweise wurde der Titel aber vorbildlich umgesetzt, die Grafik poliert und von Fehlern befreit und die Steuerung ordentlich an den PC angepasst. Ansonsten ist so ziemlich alles beim Alten geblieben, von einigen kleinen Detailänderungen abgesehen, die Mass Effect in ihrer Gänze aber flüssiger werden lassen. Rollenspielfans kommen an dem Spiel nicht vorbei.
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Xbox 360The Review Busters
With the few problems Mass Effect has you can easily forget about them. The cinematic feel this game has will make the clipping issues seem non existent, you might not even be able to notice them. Don’t pass Mass Effect up; this is by far the greatest adventure you will take until BioWare releases their next big RPG.
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Xbox 360Gamernode
Bottom-line? As an RPG Mass Effect will blow you away. You'll find yourself so engrossed in the massive (pardon the pun) universe that even if you don't usually role play, you'll be doing it anyway. Whatever you do, don't judge it as a shooter. Mass Effect isn't just a game, it's an experience and is a prime example of why games are being recognized by the Writer's Guild of America and several prestigious award institutions. It's a must-play game if you own an Xbox 360. Don't be that guy who misses out, because it'll be your loss. Game of the Year, hands down.
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Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
All in all, Mass Effect is every bit a great as we were promised. The story is fantastic, the graphics are unbelievable, sound is fairly good and the music is wonderful, but weird difficulty changes, ridiculous length and a failed ‘run and gun’ battle system keep Mass Effect from its almost perfect score. Even with the tiny faults, Mass Effect will be one of those games that still gets discussed years and years from now. Go ahead, pick it up and enjoy… just be wary of any scheduling conflicts that might come up over the next few weeks.
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WindowsGame Informer Magazine
Nearly every one of the many praises and criticisms of the console version can accurately be applied to this port, but I'd recommend this edition of Mass Effect to anyone with a good PC. You even get the first downloadable content pack for free, though BioWare was silent when asked about whether future DLC will discriminate between platforms.
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WindowsGameZone
Even if the game were a straight port of the Xbox 360 game with no added extras or tweaks, it would still be easy to recommend. Luckily, Mass Effect adds enough changes and improvements to give it a whole-hearted thumbs up for any PC gamer who is a fan of RPGs and has yet to check this gem out.
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WindowsGamernode
Others things like quicksave and the ability to assign specific commands to your squad members are icing on-top of the delicious cake that is Mass Effect. All of these reasons make Mass Effect not only an excellent PC port, but show why PC is still a perfectly able and functional gaming platform compared to the 360 and PS3, despite what some naysayers would have you believe.
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Xbox 360Console Monster
With the likes of Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire under their wing, developers BioWare have created a solid foundation of action Role-Playing Games, so it was exciting to hear that the Canadian based developers would be dipping their toes once again into yet another sci-fi action-RPG, with their latest title - Mass Effect. After many years in development, and seeing the title slip down the release date ladder many times, it was great to finally get to play what has become one of the most anticipated titles for the Xbox 360 this year. So let’s suit up and find out what this sci-fi RPG has to offer us.
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Xbox 360Gery Gry
Podsumowując Mass Effect zasługuje na miano hitu roku 2007. Tytuł znalazł się również na naszej liście najlepszych gier minionego okresu. Nie bez powodu, bowiem wciągająca fabuła oraz rozmach nakazują zagrać w ten tytuł każdemu fanowi nie tylko RPG, ale również wszelkiego rodzaju strzelanek. Pomimo wielu opcji gra jest dynamiczna, co bardzo pozytywnie wpływa na gameplay. Po prostu Mass Effect to gra dla której warto kupić konsolę Xbox 360.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
Mass Effect really doesn't have anything more to prove. It's one of the best hybrid RPGs I've played, as well as a serious game of the year candidate. It's the video game equivalent of "Battlestar Galactica" or "Babylon 5": a space epic that reaches for the stars and manages to hit most of them.
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Xbox 360Power Unlimited
Het moge duidelijk zijn: Mass Effect is een nieuwe sciencefiction mijlpaal op gamegebied. Ik hou van BioWare, ik hou van deze game.
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Xbox 360GameLemon
In spite of a few rather apparent faults, Mass Effect is still a game I would whole-heartedly recommend to any gaming fan, and downright force-feed to any adventure RPG lover. The story is incredibly deep and immersive, exploration and open-endedness aspects are awesome, and the conversation system and character detail are simply unparalleled. This is the first game of a planned trilogy, and if this is the jumping off point, the series has the potential to be one of the greatest of all time. All I can say is, if you don't play this game, you fail as a person, simple as that.
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Xbox 360VGNZ
Mass Effect is a game that has plenty of life to it both in replay value and alien worlds etc. The depth of the universe is truly awesome and the Sci Fi setting is a welcome change to the traditional setting for an RPG namely Sword & Sorcery fantasy. If you want to fill you gaming hours with intrigue and adventure this is the game.
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WindowsGamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Bioware have successfully created one of the best single player RPG games on the PC and as this is the firs t of a trilogy the future is certainly looking very bright. The universe is interactive, brimming with life and terrific to explore. If this type of game appeals to you on any level then make sure it is next in your shopping list because you will not be disappointed.
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WindowsGamer.co.il

לסיכום, מאס אפקט הוא לדעתי יצירת מופת. זהו משחק הנהנה מהפקה מקצועית, בדוק כהלכה, עם עלילה ברמה גבוהה, דיבוב איכותי וגרפיקה שאינה מביישת סרט קולנוע ממוצע. העובדה שביו-וור השקיעו בהמרה הזו משפרת לעין ערוך את המשחק ונותנת לנו את ההזדמנות לשחק בו כמו שצריך, ללא מגבלות הקונסולות. יש כאן משהו לכולם, וכדאי שכולם ינסו אותו.

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Xbox 360IGN
Mass Effect is game that is greater than the sum of its parts. Technical issues abound, but the majority of Mass Effect is so expertly delivered that it can transcend its weaknesses. Applying number ratings to a game like this doesn't do it justice because there is no way you can ignore its technical flaws. Simply put, Mass Effect is a game that must be played. Then it must be played again. Don't pass this one up.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
There are a countless number of subplots for you to find and complete, as well as a lot of different planets to explore and loot. At the end of the day, your first play through should last about 20-30 hours, but you really will not find all there is to do the first time. You will more than likely devote hundreds of hours into Mass Effect as different types of characters and classes just to get different experiences and missions available to them. There really is a lot to do that makes Mass Effect a must-have for RPG and shooter fans alike. Storytelling this good makes you wonder why so many people like movies. If only the combat and frame rate issues were addressed, Mass Effect would be a perfect game worthy of its place in gaming history, but that does not mean this game isn't awesome.
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Xbox 360Jolt (UK)
Still, we can’t do anything but recommend Mass Effect to fans of sci-fi, RPGs and tactical shooters, provided they have a little patience. This is a huge, beautiful game that will draw you in, immerse you in another world have you talking about it with friends. It can be a beast at times, but once tamed, will serve you well. Even now we’re thinking of new ways to play and new things to try and desperately looking forward to BioWare throwing us an add-on shaped bone.
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Xbox 360XboxLiveAddicts
Mass Effect is cleverly balanced, so you get equal amounts of talking, combat and building up slills/levelling up. The story is rich, long and in depth and after twenty one hours of play we completed the main mission and we were still itching to go back for more as there was loads we didn't do. In fact you cannot complete the whole game in twenty one hours, it is huge! there are so many places to explore, people to talk to and planets to visit. Mass Effect shows what can be done with it's multiple choice dialogue, space travel and has easily the largest and in depth storyline on the Xbox 360. Looking forward to the sequels.
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Xbox 360Video Games Daily
Despite technical flaws, BioWare deliver a game that becomes far more than the sum of its parts. A first person shooter with all the customisations and power selection one expects of a hard core RPG, all wrapped up in the finest storyline a 360 game has delivered to date. Easily one of the best games of the year.
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WindowsAtomic Gamer
From beginning to end, Mass Effect is a powerful and highly entertaining game that mixes tactical action and a full-fledged RPG together in exciting ways. The universe that Bioware has created is intriguing, even if the level of storytelling isn't quite as great as what we got in KOTOR, but it's still great and the focus on firearms rather than melee combat really does work well. PC gamers will find that even though this game started on consoles, it should satisfy their need for hardcore action and RPG pretty well as long as they can meet the system requirements and they look past the couple of new features that just don't work very well. It still doesn't quite live up to the masterful story and whizzing lightsabers of Knights of the Old Republic, but for the first game in a new series, Mass Effect is an excellent start.
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WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Det är en sak att skapa en värld och en helt annan att få allt att kännas trovärdigt och intressant. Jag ser samma möjligheter i Biowares universum som jag såg i George Lucas Star Wars som liten. Nu när gamle George har tappat stinget fullständigt och bara producerar filmer för att sälja leksaker till små barn kan det kanske bli läge för Bioware att ta hans plats. Enligt utvecklarna är Mass Effect startskottet för en helt ny trilogi och med ett så pass välpolerat första avsnitt längtar jag verkligen efter en fortsättning.
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WindowsPC Zone
If you are a fan of what BioWare's done in the past, like action with a hefty dose of sci-fi and want something new, or just like playing a really good game, then you owe it to yourself to pick up this fantastic title.
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WindowsPeliplaneetta.net
Joillekin pelaajille Makon ja sivutehtävien kaltaiset selkeät viat ovat ehkä esteitä, jotka estävät koko pelistä nauttimisen. Minun silmissäni Mass Effect on kuitenkin huippupeli, ja sellainen se oli jo ongelmallisempana Xboxillakin. Sen tieteistarina kerrotaan niin tyylillä, että peli seisoo ylpeänä System Shockien ja Star Controlien rinnalla. Tärkeintä Mass Effectissä on kuitenkin se, että se on roolipeli isolla R:llä. Oman Shepardin kasvot, kyvyt, valinnat ja kokemukset yhdistyvät elämää suurempaan tieteistarinaan tavalla, joka saa tuntemaan, että Mass Effect on yhtä paljon minun kuin Biowaren luomus. Siitä on roolipelaamisessa kyse.
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WindowsIGN
It almost goes without saying that BioWare remains one of the very top single-player RPG makers on the planet, and Mass Effect only reinforces their position. This is easily one of the best RPGs on the platform in recent years, delivering a terrific new universe, a fun blend of action and role-playing, and a deeply satisfying story. If you have any love of science fiction or space opera, then you owe it to yourself to check it out. There are hours upon hours of joyful discovery here, and an undeniable love for science fiction, as well.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
De perfecte mix tussen RPG en Tactical Shooter, op smaak gebracht met een fenomenaal verhaal. Dat smaakt naar meer!
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Xbox 360Gamers.at
BioWare ist mit Mass Effect eine geradezu geniale Verschmelzung zweier Genre gelungen, die sich hier wunderbar ergänzen, auch wenn sie beide für sich gesehen nicht perfekt sind. Vielleicht sind auch die 20-30 Stunden Spielzeit für ein Rollenspiel eher mager, aber durch seine immense Vielfalt an Möglichkeiten drängt Mass Effect den Spieler richtiggehend dazu mehrere Durchläufe zu unternehmen. Übrigens sind für die Zukunft weitere Missionen versprochen, die man sich online downloaden kann – die Frage ist nur wann. Ach, wozu um den heißen Brei herum reden, ich kann hier ohne die leisesten Zweifel sagen, dass wir hier einen der besten Spiele für die Xbox 360 haben. Es sieht nicht nur umwerfend aus, sondern bietet auch eine spannende Geschichte zum mit-erleben, wie wir es in dieser Intensität zu selten finden, und alleine diese Tatsache muss einfach belohnt werden.
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Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
The jury is out on whether or not the AIAS will grant Mass Effect with the honor of Role Playing Game of the Year once the time arrives, but our rudimentary recommendation is to buy it as soon as you get a chance. It may be difficult for some to overlook the new combat system, but once you get a grip on it, and look past the shoddy vehicular combat, you’ll find a game worth purchasing. Mass Effect is simply another one of those titles that you have to own. Make no mistake, it certainly is a time investment, and may be a daunting task for some. But it is in no way a game to overlook or even put off to a later date. If you have the time or the interest, there shouldn’t be much second thought.
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Xbox 360Kombo.com
Bioware hasn't broken their streak of fantastic games, even if they have broken a few promises. Mass Effect is an amazing game, one that will be remembered for a long time to come. It is neither a perfect game, nor a genre-redefining game but it does make several important steps forward - not only for western RPGs, but for cinematic game design in general. Those that go into the experience without any preconceived notions of what the game will be are the ones who will get the most out of the title.
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Xbox 360That Gaming Site
As said in the review, Mass Effect takes a great story and an above average implementation of both shooter and RPG elements to craft a very impressive game.
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WindowsGamezoom
Auch auf dem PC macht Mass Effect eine mehr als gute Figur und zeigt eindrucksvoll, wie ein SiFi-RPG aussehen bzw. ablaufen muss. Eine fantastische Storylinie, ein stimmiger Mix aus Action, Rätsel und grandios vertonten Gesprächen machen das Spiel zum Vorzeigetitel. Ein zusätzliches Lob muss man Entwicklerteam Bioware für die gelungene Portierung aussprechen. Vor allem hinsichtlich der Maus/Tastatur-optimierten Steuerung und dem überarbeiteten Interface haben die Programmierer ganze Arbeit geleistet. Etwas ärgerlich finden wir nur, dass man im Zuge der PC-Umsetzung die bereits aus der Xbox 360-Version bekannten Kritikpunkte, wie zum Beispiel die dümmliche K.I. und das Balancing-Problem, nicht ausgemerzt hat. Schiebt man diese -kleinen- Mankos einmal bei Seite, dann kann man zu Recht behaupten, dass Mass Effect eines der besten RPGs der letzten Jahre ist.
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Xbox 360V2.fi
Tiedän pelanneeni niin sanottua roolipeliä, mutta minusta ei tunnu siltä. Kolmannen persoonan ammuskelu on kuitenkin niin iso osa peliä, että Mass Effectiä voisi ennemminkin kuvailla 'ryhmäpohjaiseksi räiskinnäksi, jossa on vahva, yksityiskohtainen ja laaja tarina, monipuoliset hahmonkehitysvaihtoehdot sekä hahmoja, joista oikeasti välittää.' Kunhan juoneen ja fiilikseen pääsee mukaan, Mass Effect on pelikokemus, jota ei halua lopettaa, ennenkuin sen on nähnyt kokonaan. Se ei tipauttanut leukojani totaalisesti, mutta piti otteessaan loppuun asti - ja sen jälkeen halusin lisää.
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Windows1UP
By all counts, Mass Effect for the PC is essentially the "definitive" version of the game; it runs much smoother on decent machines and just generally plays better...even if it still suffers from some of the original's fundamental flaws (along with a few new ones). It's a good thing that Mass Effect was planned as a trilogy -- here's hoping that Mass Effect 2 works out some of these relatively mild kinks.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
The flaws that Mass Effect possesses, while disappointing, also serve to highlight the amazing quality of its strengths. This is a masterful game that innovates in a genre that often sticks to tradition. Mass Effect is a gorgeous, thought-provoking adventure that is as captivating as action-packed. While it hasn't undergone the polish it deserves, that doesn't prevent it from emerging as one of the best examples of the artistry to be achieved in the development of a game.
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Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Is this Bioware's best game? No. But Mass Effect is still a damn fine game with a huge scope, dozens of hours of play from beginning to end, and it's got just about everything that makes sci-fi so compelling in the first place. While it's got a lot of wacky aliens, the game never tries to gain extra mileage just by having designed up some cool-looking new being - even the aliens have histories, emotions, and motives. Combat is tough at first and the Mako gets tiresome after a while, but I think you'll find there's still plenty for RPG veterans to look forward to. Mass Effect won't be ushering any new golden ages of role playing or sci-fi, but it's still a top-notch game that any RPG fan with a 360 should put at the top of their list.
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Xbox 360ActionTrip
Bottom line, this game is not the second coming. It doesn't live up to the hype in the way some hoped it might (and really, which overhyped game does). But, this is truly an evolutionary step in BioWare's development of single-player RPGs. I sure do miss the Star Wars panache, but as it is, Mass Effect is a title you'll want to own on the 360. The unprecedented level of cinematic quality, the fun combat coupled with the customary insightfulness of writing is what makes this game a must-have. It's what makes BioWare still stand out as one of the top in their field.
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Xbox 360IGN UK
Mass Effect is a giant leap forward for videogames in terms of storytelling and it’s probably the biggest, most sophisticated game on Xbox 360. But with combat requiring you to dip into menus every few seconds, it isn’t likely to win over the Halo brigade - and with this much dialogue, it’s not going to be your bag if you’re the guy who hits ‘start’ every second in an effort to get characters to stop talking.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
Deciding when one stops playing might be the most difficult choice Mass Effect presents, but it is far from the only one. This sprawling RPG from Bioware (Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire), reaches new heights in its blend of strategy, action, and space exploration in an immense and rich science-fiction universe. But what in other games would be ultimate success is, for Mass Effect, just the wrapping paper for its deeper pleasures: its balanced ethical dilemmas and their consequences.
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WindowsGamingXP
Wenn man über zeitweilige Schwächen der Team-KI hinweg sehen kann, dann zeigt sich "Mass Effect" in nahezu perfekter Form, die Atmosphäre des unendlichen Weltraumes wird perfekt simuliert, die Quests sind spannend und abwechslungsreich und die zwischen’menschlichen‘ Beziehungen, die man während des Spielens mit vielen NPCs aufbauen kann, bilden eine neue und interessante Komponente.
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Xbox 360AusGamers
While there's undoubtedly room for improvement in many facets of Mass Effect's gameplay, the storytelling element completely overwhelms them. In this reviewer's opinion, this is a game that rivals film and novel in its ability to tell a tale. Hands down the best Role Playing Game available on console today. The best part is, there's still at least two more games to come.
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Xbox 360Krawall Gaming Network
„Nein, ich hab heute Abend keine Zeit. Ich ... muss arbeiten, hab noch ein ganz schweres Thema vor der Brust.” Wenn einem Spieleredakteur solche Ausreden über die Lippen kommen, muss es sich einfach um ein Ausnahmespiel handeln. „Mass Effect” ist einer dieser Titel, der einfach über Stunden und Tage an den Bildschirm fesselt. In den vergangenen Monaten ist mir kaum ein Spiel untergekommen, das in Sachen Atmosphäre und Hintergrundgeschichte mit Biowares RPG mithalten kann. Man wird förmlich in die Welt hinein gesogen – klasse. Und daneben stimmen – wie bei allen Bioware-Titeln – auch noch Spielbalance und Tiefgang. Machen wir die Sache kurz: „Mass Effect” ist der beinahe ideale Begleiter für lange Winterabende. Und an alle Rollenspielhasser: Versucht euch ruhig an diesem Game! Denn die Shooter-Sequenzen haben es in sich.
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Xbox 360Le Geek
You may have heard that Mass Effect 2 fixed all the quirks of its predecessor and streamlined the RPG elements to appeal to a wider audience, without losing the core of what makes the Mass Effect universe compelling. And I would have to agree, the sequel is a better game. That said, the first game has its own identity and is nearly as riveting in its own right. Flawed, warts and all, whatever you want to call it, Mass Effect is one of my favorite games and comes highly recommended.
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Xbox 360Blend Games
BioWare has taken their historical pedigree as a developer and refined what makes their titles so distinct. Combat is improved, offering the player a choice between KOTOR level management and free roaming firefights. Even load screens, the bane of BioWare, have been eased. You’ll no longer dread having to return to a section if you forgot an item, although load times still exist in abundance. They are at least quicker than before, and often masked by an elevator ride. The game is so wonderful that the faults are made more prevalent in juxtaposition with all that is done right. Mass Effect 2 can not come soon enough, I’d just like to request the use of a lightsabre – I mean a Phaserbeam Sword – the next time around.
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WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Certes, Mass Effect est un jeu de rôle aux règles simplifiées et les amateurs de feuille de perso’ emplie de milliers de chiffres resteront sur leur faim. Mais, dans « jeu de rôle », il y a « rôle », soit la capacité d’un titre à nous immerger dans un univers crédible, cohérent et attachant. De ce point de vue, le titre de Bioware est une brillante réussite. Il offre de longues heures de voyages pour qui souhaite s’immerger dans un monde à la fois proche du notre et totalement différent.
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Xbox 360UOL Jogos
Vindo de quem fez "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" e "Jade Empire", não surpreende a ótima estréia de "Mass Effect". O sistema de combate e de interface está longe de ser perfeito, mas nada disso apaga o brilhantismo da condução de enredo, principalmente no mecanismo dos diálogos. Aliando liberdade e roteiro cativante, são poucos os games que fazem o jogador sentir que está desempenhando um papel como esse. Ao lado de "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion", esse é um dos melhores RPGs da biblioteca do Xbox 360.
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WindowsAvid Gamer
Give it the time it deserves and Mass Effect encompasses it's genre's name. It's role playing at its finest. You get lost in the story and feel as through you're Captain Shepard. We just wish we could have experienced it aside Xbox 360 owners. It harks back to the glory days of story telling with enough modern day comforts to silence the graphic-obsessed populace. It's by no means a short game and if you go after every mission, you'll be there for a month.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Sans apporter la moindre modification au contenu du soft d'origine, ce portage PC réussit néanmoins à gommer la majorité des lourdeurs qui encombraient et encombrent encore les joueurs 360. Délivré de ces défauts, Mass Effect s'exprime plus librement que jamais et propose une aventure exaltante, enchâssée dans un univers superbement cohérent. Certains défauts pourtant sont toujours de la partie, telle cette IA décevante, ces phases véhicules en carton et une durée de vie un peu limite. Rien qui n'empêche cependant Mass Effect de prétendre au titre de jeu enchanteur, à même de ravir les fans de space operas classieux et intelligents. Une fois encore, un grand merci à Bioware pour tant de générosité.
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Xbox 360Gamervision
When I say that changing the difficulty changed the entire game for me it is not an exaggeration. On the harder setting I had considered quitting the game and giving it a low score – calling it unplayable. This may have been partially my error, but it also lays on the game's many faults. Mass Effect didn't attain perfection as a game. It did gain a different kind of perfection. Storytelling and plot bring the game to an entirely new level of gaming only hinted at by others. The Game of the Year Race, which some believed started and ended with Bioshock, has been reopened. However, after playing through the rest of the game I truly believe that Mass Effect is the best science fiction game ever made.
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Xbox 360GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
If BioWare had had more time to optimize and work out the bugs, Mass Effect would be one of the all-time greats. As it is, it will stand as one of the top three games of 2007, and perhaps (and deservedly) one of the best RPGs of this generation. Everything about the game is epic, from the environments to the expertly-paced story, to the music, to the frantic firefights with aliens and space pirates. There are simply a ton of side-quests that all have a good degree of diversity in their eventuality (if not their locations), and the best ones have a strong connection to the story line. A good mix of on-foot and vehicle combat combined with sky-high presentation and narrative means everyone from RPG hounds to shooter fans, from stat-junkies to action freaks, will all have a blast creating their own character and diving into the Milky Way Galaxy to find adventure. Plus there's a tasteful sex scene with humans or aliens if you play your cards right, so that has to count for something.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
If you can overlook this though (and you should), Mass Effect is clearly one of the best games in a year of many high quality releases. It represents a sizeable investment of time – around 30 hours to complete with the majority of side quests – but is well worth the effort. The game could probably be completed in about a third of that time, but to do so would be to do a disservice to it. Mass Effect is a game which gives back what the player puts in. The more time you spend interacting with the characters and the world around you, the more you will enjoy the wonderful experience it has to offer. This is a galaxy truly worth saving.
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
Mass Effect is superb, but it doesn't carry the same groundbreaking weight that Knights of the Old Republic did when it was released. The positive/negative dialogue tree just isn't a unique property anymore, but even so, Mass Effect uses it for an even better purpose than the black-and-white story in Star Wars. By crafting every piece of a believable world, social and political, Bioware has raised the bar for role-playing games. Still, while the tale is grand, it clocks in at around 15 hours- shockingly short for an RPG. There are plenty of side quests, to be sure, and these extend the game by a good 10 or so hours. Unfortunately, most of them take place on the boring and often frustrating planets that require the Mako. Players who take Mass Effect slowly, absorbing every part of its deep atmosphere, are the ones who will get the most out of it. Even so, Mass Effect is a must buy for all 360 owners. A truly epic journey, through and through.
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Xbox 360Game industry News (GiN)
In fact, this might be the first BioWare title that I was able to keep full interest in right until the very end. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mass Effect win our Role Playing Game of the Year award. And it already earns 4 ½ GiN Gems from me!
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Xbox 360FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
This is a great game in almost every way. Fans who are looking for the next KOTOR might find some solace in this game, which has many of that classic's gameplay elements. This isn't for action fans, but instead, those who are looking for an entertaining gaming experience from beginning to end.
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Xbox 360Gameplanet
In this game, the possibilities are endless and that's what Mass Effect is so good at. We doubt it'll be anytime soon that someone sees every possible combination of scenarios and results in the game. We don't want to give away any spoilers – and we won't – but by the end of the game you would have made some large decisions that not only have an impact of your character, your crew, the fate of the galaxy but also will also have (we're assuming) a large impact on the start of the sequel to this Trilogy of this Sci-fi gaming gold. Also with downloadable content on the horizon, this very well could turn into the first interactive sci-fi show/game if Bioware chooses to make it episodic content with new stories and planets to visit. Like we said… the possibilities are endless.
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Xbox 360Deeko
Drawing me into its world and making me feel comfortable; a place where everything just seems right. In the end that's how BioWare games are, they have their own beat. Sure, at first you feel awkward and keep missing a step, but little by little you find the right pace and begin to drum along to the right beat and when you do, it feels so damn good. BioWare has managed to, despite the many delays and at times feared expectations of the combat system, deliver what is one of this console generation's finest role playing games, proving once again that Western developers are taking risks in a field that was once filled with swords and sorcery and the results are phenomenal. Mass Effect is the icing on a deliciously moist cake that has been the 360's line-up this year. In a year full of Halo 3's, Bioshock, and The Orange Box -- Mass Effect stands as one of the most genre defining games this year for any console... even with it's small faults.
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Xbox 360GamingEvolution
Due to the fact that the game saves your completed game progress, the possibilities for a sequel become all-the-more enticing, considering the prospect that your decisions in Mass Effect could have potentially profound impacts in Mass Effect 2. Still, speculation aside, Mass Effect stands tall on its own. It isn’t a long game, but it doesn’t need to be. With such a strong first effort, and such a promising future, this franchise is almost guaranteed to become the next big thing in the years to come. BioWare should be proud for creating an original IP strong enough to rival and exceed what they did with Star Wars; for the Force is strong with them, and their future bright.
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Xbox 360RPGFan
As my editor's choice award shows, I found Mass Effect to be an excellent title, and one of the best games to come out in '07. It's not for everyone, though, and those who can't stand dialogue-heavy games should avoid it like the plague. If you pick up this title, you'll get a face full of space opera, with decent combat and lots of character interaction, and if that's your thing, snatch up this game pronto!
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Xbox 360Game Valor
If you’ve been a fan of games like Oblivion or you play WOW and are looking for a new take on RPG experiences Mass Effect is the game for you. As stated earlier, those who stick with the game will find a plot which shakes your foundation and tests your moral fiber. You will have emotions invoked which have never come from a video game. The best part is, after playing through once, you can go in as a completely different character and have a very different experience in the galaxy of Mass Effect!
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WindowsGamePro (US)
But really, this is just me nit-picking. As annoying as the glitches may be, Mass Effect's gameplay, which is just as good as it was on the Xbox 360, more than makes up for it. The new squadmate-specific combat interface and mouse-centric UI are a joy to use, and the story is theatrical and compelling, with a galaxy worth of content stuffed into one hell of game. If you've already tackled the console version, you certainly don't need to shell out for the PC version, too, but if you haven't yet experienced this magnum opus, this is the version you should play.
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Xbox 360JustPressPlay
The story campaign may be shorter than what people expected, but there are a lot of side quests to keep you busy if you opt to do them. The universe is well thought out and the dialogue is some of the best to ever grace a videogame. Characters tend to talk to one another and the universe seems alive. Learning about each character through engaging dialogue is a treat and everything that you do seems to have an impact on something, which you\'ll realize through the occasional news broadcasts on elevator rides. Being able to choose how you resolve situations and how you respond to dialogue is great. It falls short on some things but once you look past it you will get sucked into the story. Now to further quote Captain Picard, "Engage!"
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WindowsUOL Jogos
"Mass Effect" é um dos melhores RPGs lançados para 360 e conseguiu ficar ainda melhor no PC. Toda sua complexidade foi mantida, com seus vários personagens, caminhos alternativos, poderes e habilidades especiais dos heróis e muitas outras características, ganhando ainda uma melhor interface e polimento técnico revigorante. Mesmo se você já terminou a versão para console, ainda corre o risco de encontrar alguma coisa que não viu na primeira vez que jogou, diante de tanta riqueza de conteúdo. Mesmo que "Star Wars", "Jornada nas Estrelas" ou "Battlestar Galactica" não faça muito o seu estilo, há muito o que apreciar no jogo.
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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Much has been made about the controversy stirred up by the conservative media (yes, Fox News, I’m talking to you) concerning the brief, tastefully drawn, PG-rated love scene found just before the last level of Mass Effect. Those who can’t see past this are missing a truly extraordinary gaming experience. The game has a depth rarely found in modern games, which are usually engineered for users with short attention spans. The artwork, especially the astronomical art, is good enough to have its own glossy coffee-table book, and its combination of questing and team-based shooting offers almost universal gaming appeal. There needs to be more variety in side-quest combat and location design, and the lack of a multiplayer mode is a serious defect, but Mass Effect is a game that should be on every serious gamer’s shelf.
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Xbox 360PlayDevil
"Mass Effect" is, for me, the best game of 2007. Yes, better than the 'Orange Box', yes, better than 'BioShock', and yes, better than 'Halo 3'. Better than any other game on any other platform. Even the DLC is god value and great fun. The game has great graphics, amazing dialogue and great voice acting, and fantastic gameplay. The game is now also fairly cheap, and is frankly unmissable given that you will probably want to play through twice, and each playthrough can take anywhere between 15 and 60 hours. The only flaw is perhaps the main quest could have been longer, but ultimately, the sheer amount of extra content nullifies this aspect. Buy Mass Effect or you WILL regret it!
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Xbox 360KonsoliFIN
BioWaren uusin on erinomainen roolipeli, jossa on mukana erittäin maistuvia toimintaosuuksia. Mutta ennen kaikkea sarjan avauksena Mass Effect onnistuu täydellisesti, koukuttaen pelaajan mukaan jatkumoon, jonka seuraavaa osaa ei toivottavasti tarvitse odottaa vuosikaupalla.
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WindowsMaximum PC
Mass Effect’s epic story is both moving and fulfilling; the game’s universe is rich with details and feels infused with life. We can’t wait for the inevitable sequel.
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WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Et rigtigt soildt spil og en mesterlig fortælling. Frarådet til folk med lav tålmodighed, sci-fi-aversioner og/eller læse- eller lyttebesvær, men anbefalet til alle andre.
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Windows2404.org PC Gaming
Your first run through of Mass Effect can take anywhere from 30-40 hours to just under 15. A ton of the content is purely optional, and exploration alone will eat up many, many hours of your time. However long your initial play-through is, Mass Effect will only impress with its cinematic dialogue sequences, intense combat, and addicting exploration aspect. There are some definite problems with the game, but when looking at the game as a whole, it’s one thrilling experience. If you’re a sci-fi junkie, Mass Effect is a must-play. If you like shooters, Mass Effect is a must-play. If you like role-playing games, Mass Effect is a must-play. If you like… just play Mass Effect.
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Xbox 360Gamer.co.il

מאס אפקט הינו ללא ספק משחק התפקידים המוצלח והמרשים ביותר שקיים בשוק נכון להיום. העלילה הסבוכה, כמות העולמות הניתנים לחקירה ומערכת הקרב המדהימה מרוממים משחק זה מעל כל כותר מקביל אחר. המנוע הגראפי המרשים (אם כי לא חף מבעיות), מצליח להוסיף אך גם לגרוע במעט מחוויית המשחק. בסופו של יום, מאס אפקט הינה הרפתקה מסחררת שאסור לאיש להפסיד, כל עוד ז'אנר המדע הבדיוני קרוב ללבכם.

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WindowsGameDaily
Anyone looking for a spectacular sci-fi RPG and has the necessary system requirements should pick up the PC version. The game that was already exceptional on the Xbox 360 is even better on the PC, so it's really a no brainer.
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WindowsGameSpot
All the things that made Mass Effect great on the 360--the story, the conversations, the galaxy, the combat, the soundtrack, and the characters--are still great on the PC. The changes that have been implemented don't radically alter the game in any way, but they have enough of a positive impact to make it easy to recommend the PC version over the 360 version. On top of that, BioWare is offering the downloadable expansion "Bring Down the Sky" free to PC players, though at the time of this review that content was not yet available. Whether you're a seasoned Spectre looking to suit up again, or a newcomer who has never set foot on the Normandy, the refined PC version is your best choice for experiencing this excellent game.
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WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Alle zaken die Mass Effect groots maakten op de 360 – het verhaal, de dialogen, het universum, gevechten, muziek en karakters – zijn nog altijd groots op pc. De veranderingen die binnengesmokkeld werden hebben geen grote impact op het spel, maar voldoende om de pc-versie beter te maken dan de Xbox 360-versie. Daarnaast krijg je van Bioware gratis de downloadble expansie 'Bring down the sky'. Gewoon kopen, dit ding!
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Xbox 360TTGamer
Mass Effect really shows that BioWare knows their stuff when it comes to RPG’s and while there are some issues, the positives outweigh the bad. While it is a game that is still very much skewed towards the RPG market, it is also action based which will help to get more people into the game. Even if you just look at the videos for five minutes, you truly must see the cinematic style to be believed and at least from that aspect it sets the benchmark for developers to reach in years to come.
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Xbox 360Legendra
Sublimant des bases fraîchements acquises, fusionnant parfaitement le jeu de shoot et le RPG, Mass Effect n'est pourtant que le premier opus épatant d'une trilogie qui s'annonce fantastique. A vous maintenant d'y commencer votre histoire...
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Xbox 360GameCell UK
Bioware have created a living, breathing neon future with an incredible amount of detail and emotion drawing you into it. Those who are looking for a quick explosion fix will not find what they’re looking for here, but anyone who has an interest in sci-fi (Firefly/Serenity came into mind while I was playing it) and a great character-driven storyline will get the most out of this game, and will thoroughly enjoy the experience.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Malgré un bon nombre de défauts agaçants, au rang desquels figurent une I.A. décevante, des phases véhicules en carton et une durée de vie un peu limite, la Xbox 360 tient probablement là son meilleur RPG, voire l'un de ses meilleurs softs toutes catégories confondues. Un titre fascinant qui n'a sans doute pas la valeur accrocheuse d'un Gears Of War ou d'un Halo 3, mais que beaucoup tiendront sans doute comme le plus gros hit de la 360. Le bébé de Bioware est un de ces jeux qui marquent la vie d'un gamer et qui lui feront dire dans quelques années, "ouais, c'est comme dans Mass Effect". On attend impatiemment la suite.
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Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
In spite of its issues, Mass Effect is still a completely entrancing blend of two completely different genres, the likes of which we really haven't seen on the consoles since Deus Ex. Mass Effect doesn't quite pull it off cohesively, but it's still a fantastic experience. It's almost definitely going to be turned into a franchise at this point. Here's hoping for a quality sequel.
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Xbox 360Video Game Talk
The only real decision you'll wind up facing is whether or not you should look for the Limited Edition version or not. Collectors and lovers of the game will want to grab a copy if they can find it. The documentaries are insightful and detailed, the booklets are nice companion pieces, and the artwork design gallery is very in depth. The Limited Edition release is very comprehensive though I can't help but wish that Bioware included an additional character within the content like they did with Jade Empire.
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Xbox 360Game Tap
Yet despite those minor hitches, Mass Effect maintains its epic scope. It's the very definition of "widescreen sci-fi," with its alien vistas, far-out music, and giant ideas. It begins with an ominous opening and ends with a fantastic finale that expertly intercuts between your individual actions with a massive space battle. It's the rare title where the first thing I did upon finishing was to select "new game." While its flaws prevent Mass Effect from hitting "BioWare's best game" metric (that still goes to a Throne of Bhaal-enhanced Baldur's Gate II), but this stellar opening act easily opens the door for the planned Mass Effect sequel(s) to be the best game(s) in BioWare's portfolio.
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Xbox 3601UP
The game does, however, lack a certain overall polish. Inventory management is often painful and tedious, and this hinders one of the most important aspects of an RPG: customizing your character's weapons and armor. Money is nigh useless -- making it even more annoying that I frittered away so many hours questing for cash I'd never spend. The autosave points are badly placed, too. Why make me watch unskippable cut-scenes before a tough battle where I'm going to die and then have to watch the scenes over and over again? I also experienced balance issues; I was able to easily defeat the final boss when playing as a Vanguard, while my Sentinel struggled mightily and had to replay the battle literally dozens of times. I suppose the brilliance is that, however many times I watched a scene or fought a battle, Mass Effect never truly lost its magic.
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Xbox 360Da Gameboyz
I have to admit when I first started to play Mass Effect I was a bit frightened by the graphical anomalies that I was experiencing, given how long the game has been in development for. And while most of the visual issues do disappear they never fully go away. But in the end it really is the gameplay and story that counts here, and Bioware has wonderfully combined both in such a way that any of the minor complaints can be ignored. From the incredible narrative, the real-time, squad based, tactical combat system, to how individual choices or interactions influence the story, everything in this game manages to provide one great RPG. Just be forewarned though, if you are purchasing this game for the squad-based combat alone Mass Effect may not be for you as the RPG elements are just as important as the combat you wish to engage in. I would say that Bioware has once again created another great game that will have fans playing for hours on end.
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Xbox 360Computer and Video Games (CVG)
The ultimate yardstick of an RPG is how believable its world is and how fluidly the story flows despite the number-crunching that powers it, and it's this that makes Mass Effect so special. Never before has storytelling been so competently ingrained into a videogame, and never before has a player had so much freedom to dictate the course of a linear storyline. Mass Effect isn't the laser-spewing monolith of a game we expected it to be, but it is far, far, far from a disappointment. Until now, RPGs have thought local; Mass Effect thinks global.
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Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Mass Effect is undoubtedly one of those games that will be talked about for a very long time. BioWare have set a new standard in storytelling, and if you have even the faintest interest in RPGs or science fiction, then this game simply demands to be played. While there are some technical issues and awkward gameplay decisions that are hard to ignore, when it comes down to it, Mass Effect is so compelling that most people will be able to push the issues aside and immerse themselves in one of the most detailed game worlds every created. A story of this quality should be experienced by all Xbox 360 owners.
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Xbox 360IGN Australia
You'll be too captivated by the setting and likely the gradual upgrading of your gear; you'll be too busy exploring the strange escalating love triangle you can tinker with. You'll be collecting medallions, scanning planets for elements, metals, minerals, and gases. You'll talk a Krogan out of shooting you, charm your way through some conversations, flex your muscles in others. Heck, you'll even have to deal with a couple of nuclear devices before the game wraps up. BioWare has once again shown why they still stand at the top of the RPG tower, as Mass Effect does deservingly wear the 'epic' moniker.
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WindowsOnlinewelten.de
Auch wenn die Party-Entwicklung weniger lebendig ist, wenn weitaus seltener dieses herrlich pikante Gezeter ausbricht, die Welt über weite Strecken in Statik versinkt und spielmechanische Rückschritte gegenüber Knights of the Old Republic zu spüren sind, lässt euch Mass Effect in die Fänge der Faszination tapsen. Die Dialoge sind einfach zu packend, die Quests zu aufrüttelnd und die Höhepunkte zu geschickt über dieses etwa 30-stündige SciFi-Abenteuer verteilt. Und obwohl sich BioWare leider etwas zu früh in die wichtigen Storykarten blicken lässt, bleibt Mass Effect ein verdammt wertvolles Erlebnis erzählerisch erster Güteklasse. Ich habe im November gejubelt und tue das auch heute. Wer dieses Epos bislang ausgelassen oder einfach keine Konsole hat, kann diesen Fauxpas ab dem 5. Juni am PC ausbügeln.
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Xbox 360OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Despite the flaws, Mass Effect is still a great game with a compelling universe filled with great characters, stories, and places to explore. Check it out, but keep a realistic expectation in mind. Now, there’s a whole galaxy out there to explore -- better get started.
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WindowsOMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Despite the flaws, Mass Effect is still a great game with a compelling universe filled with great characters, stories, and places to explore. Check it out, but keep a realistic expectation in mind. Now, there’s a whole galaxy out there to explore -- better get started.
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Windowsspieletipps
Absolut lobenswert ist die fast fehlerfreie Portierung von "Mass Effect" auf den PC. Steuerung und Menüs wurden bis auf kleine Ausnahmen sehr komfortabel und eingängig umgesetzt, bis auf kleinere Grafikbugs ist auch die Performance gut. Beim Balancing hat man das gleiche Problem wie auf der X-Box. Inhaltlich hat man nichts geändert so daß wir zwar die selbe genial erzählte Geschichte wie auf der X-Box haben, aber leider auch weiterhin die auf Dauer sowohl grafisch als auch inhaltlich etwas eintönigen Nebenmissionen. Die Welt wirkt trotzdem sehr packend, hätte aber im Detail noch lebendiger umgesetzt werden können, so hat das Gesinnungssystem keine unmittelbare Auswirkung auf den Handlungsverlauf und manche Oberflächen sind gemessen am Grafikniveau sehr schwach texturiert. Das alles ist im Endeffekt jedoch absolut zu verschmerzen: "Mass Effect" ist das beste Sci-Fi-Abenteuer, das man zur Zeit auf dem PC spielen kann.
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Windows4Players.de
Bravo, BioWare, ihr habt mich sehr gut unterhalten! Ihr habt die Illusion eines glaubwürdigen Universums von schier unglaublicher Größe lange Zeit aufrechterhalten. Es fehlen mir letztlich mehr Momente der Entdeckung und Überraschung. Hinzu kommen einige technische und inhaltliche Mängel. Aber das sind Peanuts. Der größte Vorwurf, den man diesem über weite Strecken packenden Abenteuer machen kann ist der, dass Dramaturgie und Dialoge viel stärker sind als die eigentliche Story oder die Befriedigung des Entdecker- oder Spieldrangs. Ansonsten bin ich von der Qualität überzeugt. Letztlich ist die Tatsache, dass ich in moralische Konflikte gestürzt und emotional gepackt wurde, dass ich Entscheidungen mit spürbaren Konsequenzen treffen konnte, bei all den kleinen Schwächen immer noch ein verdammt seltenes und unheimlich kostbares Gütesiegel.
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Xbox 3604Players.de
Bravo, BioWare, ihr habt mich sehr gut unterhalten! Ihr habt die Illusion eines glaubwürdigen Universums von schier unglaublicher Größe lange Zeit aufrechterhalten. Es fehlen mir letztlich mehr Momente der Entdeckung und Überraschung. Hinzu kommen einige technische und inhaltliche Mängel. Aber das sind Peanuts. Der größte Vorwurf, den man diesem über weite Strecken packenden Abenteuer machen kann ist der, dass Dramaturgie und Dialoge viel stärker sind als die eigentliche Story oder die Befriedigung des Entdecker- oder Spieldrangs. Ansonsten bin ich von der Qualität überzeugt. Letztlich ist die Tatsache, dass ich in moralische Konflikte gestürzt und emotional gepackt wurde, dass ich Entscheidungen mit spürbaren Konsequenzen treffen konnte, bei all den kleinen Schwächen immer noch ein verdammt seltenes und unheimlich kostbares Gütesiegel.
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Xbox 360Game Captain
Mit einem gelungenen Mix aus Rollenspiel-Komplexität und Shooter-Action bietet Mass Effect ausgezeichnete Unterhaltung in einem lebendigen, gut ausgearbeiteten Szenario voller interessanter Gestalten und moralischer Entscheidungen. Nur Kleinigkeiten wie Ruckler und teils etwas karg gestaltete Nebenschauplätze stören das sehr gute Gesamtbild.
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WindowsGamer Lobby
Rollenspiel trifft auf Action! Dass diese Kombination gelingen kann zeigen die Spiele „Fable“, „Jade Empire“ oder „Fallout“. Die Entwickler von Bioware, welche unter anderem für die famose „Knights of the Old Republic“-Reihe verantwortlich sind, verknüpfen in ihrem neuesten Streich „Mass Effect“ spektakuläre Actionszenen mit Rollenspielelementen.
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WindowsFragland.net
If I can be very rude for a second, I find Mass Effect an alternative version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Remove The Force and add Mass Energy, inject a new story and replace the combat system with something real-time. The result on the other hand feels good and is what every RPG should be, except for the Miko of course. A lover without Xbox360? Then this version is certainly your thing!
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WindowsWorth Playing
Mass Effect is an ambitious crossbreed between a sci-fi RPG and a third-person shooter, and its many strengths outweigh some small but nonetheless significant flaws. It is similar in many ways to Bioware's other RPG outings, and if you enjoyed Knights of the Old Republic in particular, Mass Effect is probably a good way of spending the 40 hours or so that it takes to complete the game, which you might otherwise have spent inspecting your navel for scraps of enlightenment or beating up virtual prostitutes for refunds.
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Xbox 360HCL.hr Gaming Portal
2007. godina donijela je mnogo odličnih naslova, kako u cijeloj gaming industriji, tako i na Xbox 360 konzoli. No, unatoč šarolikom spektru igara koje su dolazile, RPG fanovi ostajali su zakinuti. Mass Effect je igra koja neće razveseliti samo RPG fanove, već sve vlasnike Xbox 360 konzola. Ukoliko ste jedan od njih, ne znam što još uopće čekate. Čeka vas izlet u svemir. Kreće zadnji bus. Jeste li toliko hrabri da ga propustite?
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Xbox 360XboxAddict
You’ll find on the second play that characters you’ve met and known within the game react and interact with you quite differently, as you are not the person you were. Achievements abound to pad out your gamerscore, including expected milestone awards for completing specific chapters of story as well as awards for skills used and story subplots explored(e.g. ‘Assault Rifle Master – 150 kills with assault rifle, 'Paramour' - 15 points for completing a romantic subplot). If you’ve got Halo 3 on your bookshelf to scratch your online killing itch, and Mass Effect to get you through the solo hours, you’ve got everything you need to make it through the long, dark winter.
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WindowsActionTrip
In its current state, it comes highly recommended too. Occasional technical glitches and frame-rate drops are a small price to pay for a genuinely thrilling space saga. Whether you've already played the game on the Xbox 360 or if you are completely unfamiliar with the universe, Mass Effect PC is a title you simply have to own.
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Xbox 360Gamesmania
Freude und Enttäuschung liegen bei Mass Effect dicht beisammen. Während mir die Zwischensequenzen und die vielen Dialoge herausragend gut gefallen haben und mich erstmals wirklich intensiv in eine Spielestory eintauchen lassen, bleibt der spielerische Kern von Mass Effect mir zu gewöhnlich. Das muss freilich nicht schlecht sein, zumal die Knights of the old Republic-Spiele ja auch viel Spaß machten, doch irgendwie hatte ich mir von den Actioneinlagen auf den Planetenoberflächen mehr versprochen. Gleiches trifft auf die Umgebungsgrafik und die engen Levelbegrenzungen zu. Doch da Mass Effect ohnehin fast mehr interaktiver Film als ein Spiel ist und mich spätestens nach zwanzig Minuten die nächste Zwischensequenz entschädigt, ist das neue Bioware Rollenspiel ganz ganz großes Kino, das jeder gespielt bzw. gesehen haben sollte. Für die nächsten Teile der angedachten Trilogie wünsche ich mir aber auch etwas mehr Mut der Entwickler, den spielerisch alten Kotor-Kern über Bord zu werfen.
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Xbox 360GamingExcellence
All this amounts to Mass Effect being much more of a lover than a fighter: a beacon as a sci-fi storytelling, heavily cinematic experience whose brilliance only brings light to the relatively predictable, plain combat that runs in parallel. Other hitches include an inconsistent framerate and some shady texture pop-in -- there are instances where short cutscenes will open and close without clothing or background art fully loading, but Mass Effect remains a one-of-a-kind effort that rides its narrative from start to finish without too much problem. Milling about the Milky Way was never this immersive.
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WindowsJagoGame.com
Mass Effect telah memuaskan penantian para gamers yang menunggu versi PCnya dengan sangat baik (termasuk gwe). Pada versi PCnya semuanya terlihat lebih bagus dan berjalan lebih mulus. Tapi ini tentunya harus didukung dengan komputer yang bertenaga. Suaranya juga keren banged, apalagi kalau menggunakan speaker 5.1 atau 7.1, kesan petempuran akan terasa lebih nyata dan seru. Meski versi konsolnya sudah dimainkan sampai tamat, rasa penasaran untuk kembali memainkan ini sangat kuat, dan ini ditandai dengan tamatnya versi PC dengan semua misi sampingan selesai (^.^ hore). Bagi gamers yang menyukai game jenis ini, atau ingin mencobanya, dijamin engga bakal nyesel dan pasti ketagihan main Mass Effect hingga lupa waktu.
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WindowsGamesmania
Freude und Enttäuschung liegen bei Mass Effect dicht beisammen. Während mir die Zwischensequenzen und die vielen Dialoge herausragend gut gefallen haben und mich erstmals wirklich intensiv in eine Spielestory eintauchen lassen, bleibt mir der spielerische Kern von Mass Effect zu gewöhnlich. Das muss freilich nicht schlecht sein, zumal die Knights of the old Republic-Spiele ja auch viel Spaß machten, doch irgendwie hatte ich mir von den Actioneinlagen auf den Planetenoberflächen mehr versprochen. Gleiches trifft auf die Umgebungsgrafik und die engen Levelbegrenzungen zu. Doch da Mass Effect ohnehin fast mehr interaktiver Film als ein Spiel ist und mich spätestens nach zwanzig Minuten die nächste Zwischensequenz entschädigt, ist das neue Bioware Rollenspiel ganz ganz großes Kino, das jeder gespielt bzw. gesehen haben sollte.
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WindowsGame Captain
Mit einem gelungenen Mix aus Rollenspiel-Komplexität und Shooter-Action bietet Mass Effect ausgezeichnete Unterhaltung in einem lebendigen, gut ausgearbeiteten Szenario voller interessanter Gestalten und moralischer Entscheidungen. Nur Kleinigkeiten wie teils etwas karg gestaltete Nebenschauplätze stören das sehr gute Gesamtbild. Wer keine Xbox 360, hat muss jetzt endlich zugreifen.
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Xbox 360Game Positive
Mass Effect does have its weaknesses. The graphics and sound are inconsistent, the vehicle controls feel like they lack actual testing, and the inventory system is sloppy. But when it comes down to it, none of that detracts much from the overall experience. The game is compelling and the story and characters will keep you coming back. The real-time battles are often thrilling and challenging, and are enough to satisfy any shooter fan. In a season where nearly every other game released is a contender for game of the year, Mass Effect proves that it deserves to be among that crowd.
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Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Geniale nicht-lineare Story, Third Person Action, Squadführung mit etlichen Upgrades, unglaublich viele Welten und die Detailverliebtheit bei den Charakteren lassen euch ein lückenloses Science-Fiction-Vergnügen in einem bisher nie da gewesenen Spektrum erleben. Hinzu gesellt sich eine lupenreine Optik, abwechslungsreiche Gebiete und ein taktisch, strategisches Rollenspielerlebnis. Leider gibt es auch eine Kehrseite und das Spiel schwächelt in technischer Hinsicht teilweise enorm. Grafische Fehler, Frame-Einbrüche, Pop-Ups und Texturen die immer wieder nachgeladen werden müssen trüben den Gesamteindruck. Wirklich frustrierend ist das irreführende Spielgeschehen. Wäre man nicht zu sehr allein auf sich gestellt und würde vielmehr bei der Hand genommen, dann stünde einem galaktischen Spielerlebnis nichts mehr im Wege.
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WindowsGameswelt
Bioware hat mit der PC-Umsetzung von 'Mass Effect' wieder einmal sehr solide Arbeit geleistet. Vor allem in Bezug auf die Steuerung können sich so einige andere Entwickler mit ihren krampfigen Portierungen eine dicke Scheibe abschneiden. Dennoch kann ich mich nicht zu einer 90er-Wertung aufraffen. Zu sehr ähnelt die Spielmechanik dem legendären 'Knights of the Old Republic' und es hapert etwas an frischem Wind und neuen Ideen. Und die Nebenquests auf den Planeten sind schon fast peinlich einfallslos. Dennoch: Die Story ist klasse, das Gameplay geht bestens von der Hand und auch an der Präsentation gibt es wenig zu meckern. Vor allem die Darstellung der Charaktere im Spiel und in den Dialogen sucht derzeit seinesgleichen. Wer auf gute Story und viel Rollenspiel Wert legt, kann mit 'Mass Effect' nichts falsch machen.
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WindowsGamesFire
Mass Effect ist ein zweischneidiges Schwert. Einerseits überzeugt es mich mit der Ausarbeitung der Charaktermodelle, den Außerirdischen, der Hintergrundgeschichte und der Hauptstory selbst. Es zieht einen einfach in seinen Bann und man fiebert mit den Charakteren mit. Man beginnt das Spiel zu fühlen. Nur selten schafft ein Spiel so etwas. Andererseits hat BioWare auch einiges unversucht gelassen oder gar schlecht von der Konsolenversion umgesetzt. Der Taktikschirm ist nicht sonderlich komfortabel, das Inventar fummelig und die Nebenquests, die eigentlich für die Langzeitmotivation sorgen sollen, verschwinden in der Vergessenheit. Diese sind einfach zu eintönig, um interessant zu sein. Technisch machen die Entwickler dabei wieder einiges gut, setzen auf die Stärken der Effekte.
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WindowsGamona
Auch das Kampfsystem ist Geschmackssache. Dummerweise werden aber weder Action-Fans noch Rollenspieler wirklich zufrieden mit den beiden Spielweisen sein – richtig ausgefeilt wirkt keine Variante. Doch das ist Kritik auf hohem Niveau: Zum Glück macht die phantastische Atmosphäre (unterstützt durch Sound und Design) viel Boden gut. Rollenspiel-Fans sollten sich das 40-stündige Maxi-Abenteuer auf keinen Fall entgehen lassen.
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WindowsgameZine (UK)
Personally, I think breaking up the story sections with combat has caused me to be somewhat disengaged from the experience, especially when a lot of them occur after wandering around in the Mako. I don’t want to end on a negative though, as there is far more about Mass Effect that is worth applauding and it is still, on the whole, an enjoyable game. Just not the out-and-out classic I was led to believe it was.
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WindowsTTGamer
Mass Effect is a quality RPG/action title that feels at home on the PC platform despite its console origins. The game definitely has that BioWare RPG seal of approval going for it, and there is little doubt even fans of 'built for PC' RPGs will find a great single player experience here. There are a few let downs that perhaps are result of the game's console design limitations such as the linear and slightly repetitive environments, but what is lacking in Mass Effect just doesn't stack up in comparison to what isn't lacking, like the great storyline, the awesome character interaction and the versatility of the gameplay. This is definitely a series to watch out for and hopefully any sequel will see a PC release slightly quicker than the delay seen here, but in the mean time Mass Effect PC comes highly recommended from us for any PC gamer out there looking for a great blend of role playing, action and cinematic storyline.
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Xbox 360NZGamer
Take 1 cup of Star Wars, blend in 2 tablespoons of Firefly and mix thoroughly. Mass Effect might not create as much of a stir as KOTOR did, but it's an undeniably good game that manages to showcase the incredible talent and dedication of the BioWare team.
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Xbox 360Gaming Target
This is not to say that the game is BAD, it isn't. The issues that drag the title down are largely technical and have been rendered in the PC version. Past that, Mass Effect offers a deep, interesting story with great dialog, and voice acting all presented in fantastic, although slower, gameplay. From the sounds of it developer Demiurge has taken the porting duty very seriously, so grab the PC edition.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
You just can’t go any significant length of time without being annoyed by something, and it really sucks because there are parts of this game that are so good they’ll make you cry. The story is immersive, the dialog, and the spirited reading of that dialog, is superlative, the main game areas are solid, and everything else ranges from filler to irritation. You want to play more and more, but the more you play the more annoying the annoyances become. Whatever the reasons—technical, economic, philosophical, whatever—BioWare has lost their first battle against next-gen game development. Put it up on the board: Xbox 360 1, BioWare 0. It is a tribute to how good they are at what they do that their worst winds up being better than most developers’ best. Mass Effect ends up being very good, nearly great, and worthy of recommendation even if this is probably BioWare’s weakest game to date.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich mag Rollenspiele, ich mag Science Fiction. Mass Effect hat bei mir also schon gewonnen - trotz seiner offensichtlichen Schwächen. Mir ist schleierhaft, wie Bioware nach dem wunder- und fantasievollen Jade Empire derart uninspirierte Nebenmissionen abliefern kann. Und warum muss ich den Roman zum Spiel lesen, um die Handlung von Anfang an zu verstehen? Bioware hätte die Vorgeschichte doch auch im Intro erzählen können. Sei's drum, die guten Haupt-Quests und vor allem das grandiose Ende entschädigen für alle Macken.
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WindowsGame Over Online
As I read over this review it comes across as pretty negative. That’s not my intent at all. The RPG FPS elements, which make up far and away the majority of the game, work really well, as you would expect a Bioware title would. The story is original, compelling, and told in a way that builds suspense. It’s the other stuff, 10% of the game tops, that Mass Effect could have done without.
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WindowsGBase - The Gamer's Base
Aller Kritik zum Trotz ist Mass Effect das erste ordentliche PC-Rollenspiel in diesem Jahr, das zudem einen hohen Wiederspielwert verspricht und technisch grösstenteils sehr beeindruckend umgesetzt wurde. Wer S.T.A.L.K.E.R. oder Vampire: Bloodlines mochte und auf die Science-Fiction-Thematik steht, darf also gerne zugreifen.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Star Wars-Fans mögen mich dafür hassen: Ich finde das Universum von Mass Effect mindestens so spannend wie das aus Knights of the Old Republic. Besonders gefällt mir hier die Rolle der Menschheit als aufstrebende junge Spezies, das ist clever und endlich mal was anderes! Dass man selbst die Sexzenen zwischen Polygonfiguren ernst nehmen kann, ist ein Verdienst der sehr guten Grafik, vor allem aber Biowares hoher Regiekunst: Wie schon in Quantic Dreams Fahrenheit habe ich hier das Gefühl, dass echte Personen aufeinander reagieren. Einfach wunderbar. Ach, hätte man doch auch die Nebenquests mit so viel Sorgfalt und Liebe bedacht, ich würde nur zu gern eine 90 in mein Notizbuch kritzeln! So langt es nur für ein „sehr gut", eines mit viel Zucker und Sahne obendrauf.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
All told, Mass Effect is a great game with moments of brilliance and a number of small but significant obstacles that hold it back from reaching its true potential. But in the end, if you like RPGs and want to spend some time in an absorbing sci-world populated with a bunch of unique inhabitants, you'll definitely have plenty of fun with this one.
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Xbox 360Netjak
Even as awful as the vehicle sequences are, they honestly don't detract too much from what I feel is the best fusion of a first/third person shooter and an RPG. (Yes, even better than Deus Ex.) I honestly hope that some FPS makers get the hint and start moving this way. There's always going to be a place for the turn based RPG and the strategy RPG, but if this is the future of the action/RPG, then by all means, Mr. Scott, beam me up.
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Xbox 360ripten
If RPGs are your thing, then Mass Effect is a fantastic investment. For those who want satisfying action and excitement, I recommend waiting until you have a vacation long enough to play this epic.
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Xbox 360Fragland.net
Mass Effect is a beautiful game, but because of some small mistakes and bugs not a classic. The main story of the game is a bit on the short side, but because of the many side-stories and dozens of locations to visit, you won’t throw this game to the side real fast. People that are looking for a game that breaths a beautiful atmosphere don’t have to doubt: They won’t regret this buy!
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Xbox 360UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
There you have it. Painful as it is to say, Mass Effect is not the BioWare magnum opus that fans have been waiting for. It's clear that the dev was striving to create a more universally accessible RPG. Unfortunately, RPGs by definition have niche appeal. Even with auto-leveling turned on and companion AI left to its own devices, non-RPG fans looking for an action game in Mass Effect will still have to deal with a cumbersome inventory system and mountains of dialogue. Meanwhile, RPG fans are stuck with a shallow set of customization options and overly simplified - though undeniably entertaining - rules of engagement. Mass Effect is another great game from BioWare and to hell with the flaws. But it's also one of the dev's lesser efforts, plagued by too much hype and not enough progress.
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Xbox 360Mygamer.com
Despite the rough gameplay and idiotic AI, Mass Effect is still a very good experience when taken as a whole. But its problems are such that they prevent the game from living up to its potential. Bioware has clearly succeeded in creating a deep and engrossing universe, as well as developing the basis for a great shooter/RPG hybrid. In the end, Mass Effect’s legacy will likely be determined by how well the sequels address their predecessor’s shortcomings. Failure to do so could easily prove the difference between the next great RPG franchise and another colossal disappointment.
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Windowsgames xtreme
It's a fun game that can be enjoyed by RPGers and action game fans in roughly equal measure - although RPG fans may be left somewhat disappointed by the rather shallow dynamics - and while it's good, it feels as if it was really just getting started. No sooner have you got into the swing of things than it's over - oh, naturally there's the replay value of going through it again, looking for those random sidequests, playing it as evil instead of good, etc. but it's never really the same the second time through and given that this game is from Bioware, it's rather disappointing that it's all over so soon. Which is, in it's way - a backhanded compliment... but then, when you're forking over your cash for a game, you probably want something that will take you more than a few days of hard gaming to burn through, don't you? In fairness, still better value than going to see a film and it is enjoyable, pretty and interesting... it's just a shame that it's (relatively) shallow and short...
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WindowsDemoNews.de
Aber noch mal – „Mass Effect“ ist beileibe kein schlechtes Spiel. Eine spannende Story, sehr gute Grafik und ein solider Mix aus Action-RPG und Taktik-Shooter machen das Spiel zu einem Pflichtkauf für PC-Spieler. Das ist für mich aber zu wenig für eine 90% Wertung. Bei diesem Hintergrundszenario und dem Können der Entwickler hatte ich mehr erhofft. Ich wollte eine epische Geschichte mit „lebendigen“ Figuren und großer Entscheidungsfreiheit. Das ist es leider nicht geworden. Wer hätte das aber eher geschafft als Bioware?
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Xbox 360newbreview.com
While this game has some issues, they are all overcome by the excellent narrative and sheer number of different possibilities in the game. It may take a few hours to get its hooks into you, but once it does you will be addicted.
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WindowsCanardPC
En tant que fan de RPG, Mass Effect a tout pour me faire tiquer : combats simplistes, fiches de persos anémiques, univers finalement assez borné et étriqué. En théorie, car en pratique, une fois lancé, il est difficile de se détacher de cet excellent condensé d’histoires malignes et bien racontées servi par des quêtes aux résolutions multiples et souvent pacifiques. On apprend à connaître l’univers, on se fond dans les cultures, us et coutumes, on se taille une route dans le fouillis mystico-diplomatique de certains peuples et surtout, on s’éclate. Omar Boulon
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WindowsThunderbolt Games
Though Citadel Action News rarely provides an editorial stance, we believe that all citizens across the galaxy should support Commander Shepard and his mission.
80
Xbox 360RPGamer
Though not perfect, Mass Effect has a lot going for it. The story is satisfying and self-contained, though it clearly builds a foundation for the rest of the trilogy. The presentation is top notch and that helps the characters become even more endearing. The only faults I can level against the game are that the main quest is a little too short, loading times are a little too long, inventory management is an exercise in frustration, and the driving sections can be awkward. All of these problems do little to hinder the overall experience of Mass Effect, as they are minor issues that take nothing away from the quality of the game. If anything, it just shows where BioWare needs to focus its efforts for the next game in the trilogy, a game that I'm now looking forward to playing.
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Xbox 360Good Game
But other than that, and some fairly un-talkative civilians, Mass Effect is a solid RPG that we’ve only really scratched the surface. There’s an enormous amount of dialogue to listen to, and a wide variety of missions- if you’re an adventure game enthusiast, you’ll love it. 8/10 from me.
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Xbox 360RPGamer
Mass Effect also offers up a decent challenge to gamers of all skill levels, with enemies scaling to the player's level and several difficulty settings being available that can be adjusted at any time. While the normal difficulty setting is likely well-balanced for most players, an easier difficulty as well as several harder difficulties are available. All in all, Mass Effect manages to be a great, thoroughly enjoyable game, but Bioware still has several kinks to work out before this trilogy wraps itself up.
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Xbox 360Hooked Gamers
Despite its bugs Mass Effect is a great game. The story is engrossing and, with two sequels already planned, promises a whole lot more. With its fun and fresh gameplay, with a combat system that you can mould to fit your play style and a dialogue system that is the very best of its kind, this game is definitely the evolutionary step forward for role-playing games that the genre has been in dire need of. It may be a little rough around the edges but Mass Effect is one of a few diamonds in the mound of games that have come out recently.
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Xbox 360Daily Game
Had it finished cooking for another few months and released next summer, Mass Effect probably would have been one of the best games ever created. What we have now is very good, but it leaves us looking forward to their next offering rather than our next play-through with this chapter.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
Yet, as much as I wanted to feel the same with Mass Effect it never seemed to kick in. Yes, it is still a good game - I have reiterated that countless times - and yes, at its core it’s laced with immense quality, but unfortunately as you play you can’t seem to shake the feeling that it all could have been so much better. The tone of the game is just about perfect, but was it to much to ask for a bit more structure?
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Xbox 360Bordersdown
Mass Effect has the yearnings to be an epic and it almost achieves it. This universe is teaming with life and experiences, all with a clear and well fleshed out history. Whilst the main story arc can seem a little short, and the side quests a touch repetitive, there is room for several play-throughs. With Mass Effect, BioWare has managed to reach into the player's heart and mind and put them firmly in the commander's shoes; you are Shepard and the fate of the universe is in your hands.
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Xbox 360USA Today
If you can get past the deficiencies on the battlefield, you'll find a bold RPG in Mass Effect. It's been a long time since the plot of a video game has been so engaging. Hopefully, it isn't the last.
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WindowsDarkZero
Admittedly, the game isn’t for everyone - there’s a lot of dialogue to wade through, so if you’re not into sci-fi or having conversations with your crew members just for the sake of finding out their back-stories (all of which are brilliant, by the way), you might get bored pretty quickly - and obviously there’s not really enough new here to interest those who’ve already finished the 360 version. The rest of the PC gaming community, though, has got one hell of an adventure to look forward to.
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WindowsYiya
Mass Effect ist ein rundum gelungener Rollenspiel-Shooter-Mix geworden, besonders in der derzeitigen Saure-Gurken-Zeit. Vor allem der Mut der Entwickler weiterhin Neues zu versuchen, muss an dieser Stelle noch einmal ausdrücklich gelobt werden. Zwar wird sich der gewillte Spieler auf die eigenwillige Mischung erst einlassen müssen, denn das viele Geballer und die doch recht simple Charakterentwicklung werden so manchen Rollenspieler viel Toleranz abringen, aber es lohnt sich auch mal in Genre-fremden Gewässern zu fischen. Auch die tollen Dialoge, mit all ihren Möglichkeiten, die grandiose Sprachausgabe und die hübsche Grafik verdienen Anerkennung. Leider hinterlässt Mass Effect, wie so fast jedes Rollenspiel der letzen vier Jahre, einen unangenehmen Beigeschmack.
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WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
And if that strikes you as nit-picking, I suspect RPG-heads are going to throwing swords of griping +4 when I note that the sub-quest system seems particularly ill-fitting here. It's always been an issue in an RPG when you throw a serious threat into the plot, and then the player is free to wander off before casually get around to saving the world. Even if there's no time limit, if you don't feel the need to go and try and stop the baddy immediately, your game has fundamentally failed to immerse. To that end, Mass Effect succeeds, as I went through the main plot in less than twenty hours, with only a minimum of side-tracking, but there's a lot of content I didn't look at. If you're offering a galaxy to explore, you should try and create a plot which at least leaves room to explore. Mass Effect serves two masters, and it never quite works.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
I'd say that despite the niggles, Mass Effect is most definitely a great game with an awful lot going for it - but one that doesn't quite deserve unquestioning praise. For what it achieves in delivering a compelling narrative and wonderful atmosphere, BioWare deserves a huge amount of credit, as there are few games that come anywhere near it in this regard. The dialogue system, and the impact it has on individual missions and the game as a whole is exceptional, adding greatly to the potential replay value. Although it underpins the game with all sorts of excellent ideas that ought to make it a deeper, more intelligent and immersive experience, the simple truth is that the minute-to-minute combat simply isn't as intense and involving as you'd expect from a game in 2007. Throw in some grumbles about the somewhat unoptimised state of the frame-rate, texture pop-in and v-syncing terrors, and it's a game that just falls short of our expectations. An eight, then, but a good one...
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Mass Effect — крепкий боевик класса В, после которого не сожалеешь о впустую потраченном времени. Она неплохо развлекает и показывает красивые кадры, оставляя быстро меркнущие воспоминания. Жаль, не вышло лучше.
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Xbox 360Computer Bild Spiele
Was bleibt, ist ein gewaltiges Rollenspiel von epischer Breite und mit vielen Innovationen. Wären da nicht die vielen kleinen technischen Nervereien und die teils unpassenden deutschen Stimmen, hätte es zur Spitzennote gereicht.
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Xbox 360Good Game
From our first impressions you definitely need to be someone who likes narrative game play. The combat is slow paced but has depth - 7.5/10 from me.
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WindowsFiringSquad
As captivating as Mass Effect is in terms of story, setting, and core game mechanics, it sort of falls apart when it comes to basic gameplay. I couldn't have asked for a better script or a more alluring sci-fi saga, but the quests and level design seemed tailor-made to put me to sleep. While the script kept me pushing forward, so eager to unravel the mysteries of the Geth and the Reapers that I finished the game in five marathon play sessions, all of the running back and forth through oversized levels to complete odd jobs wore my patience to a nub.
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Xbox 360Christ Centered Game Reviews
Despite the score, Mass Effect is one of the most beautiful, best games on the Xbox 360. Its world is beautiful, its story epic. In short, Mass Effect is a hint of things to come in interactive entertainment, and gaming in particular.
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WindowsComputer Bild Spiele
Der Gesamteindruck: Ein gewaltiges Rollenspiel von epischer Breite, das mit vielen Innovationen gespickt ist, die nicht an den klassischen Grenzen des Genres haltmachen. Nur die teils unpassenden deutschen Stimmen sind Spaßverderber. Aber keine Spielverderber - dazu ist die Substanz von Mass Effect viel zu "gut".
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Xbox 360Edge
If it all sounds negative, don’t despair: this stems more from disappointment than disdain. Mass Effect is still enjoyable enough to warrant 24 hours of play (completion with sub-missions), and the stops it makes en route are visually stunning. It just doesn’t find what it goes looking for: the myth and exotica to adequately follow Star Wars. The fascination of KOTOR, a wish-fulfillment powerhouse, was to see it tugged hither and thither by over 20 years of fiction. BioWare’s universe, with its almanac of histories and planetary profiles, pales in comparison. After Jedi knights and lightsabers, these soldiers and bullets just don’t cut it.
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Xbox 360The A.V. Club
Role-playing-game addicts could easily ignore gameplay problems if the story kept delivering. Yet Mass Effect feels like the first two acts of a great space opera, and the main villain and the most intriguing parts of the backstory have been saved for a sequel. The non-player characters that hang around with you have also taken a major step back, with less dialogue and none of the spontaneous clashes (and subtle flirting) of BioWare's past high-water marks, Baldur's Gate II and Knights Of The Old Republic. The graphics keep improving, but the diehards would rather be immersed in the words.
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WindowsGaming since 198x
Graphiquement superbe, avec des environnements magnifiques et des personnages fins et expressifs, Mass Effect nous ramène à notre jeunesse devant Star Trek grâce à un univers riche et largement inexploité de créatures extra-terrestres belliqueuses ou amicales, de planètes à explorer et de choix cornéliens. La jouabilité lors des combats est très simple et efficace, la présence de quick slots vous aidera à utiliser vos pouvoirs rapidement, et vos co-équipiers se débrouillent relativement bien tout seuls. Le coté RPG est loin d'être riche, il est plutôt basé uniquement sur les dialogues, on ne court pas après les XP, plutôt après les possibilités de jouer plus, peu importe la récompense matérielle, tellement le jeu est court, car c'est là son principal défaut, une durée de vie minuscule, compensée par une replay-value potentiellement bonne.
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Xbox 360Gaming since 198x
Graphiquement superbe, avec des environnements magnifiques et des personnages fins et expressifs, Mass Effect nous ramène à notre jeunesse devant Star Trek grâce à un univers riche et largement inexploité de créatures extra-terrestres belliqueuses ou amicales, de planètes à explorer et de choix cornéliens. La jouabilité lors des combats est très simple et efficace, la présence de quick slots vous aidera à utiliser vos pouvoirs rapidement, et vos co-équipiers se débrouillent relativement bien tout seuls. Le coté RPG est loin d'être riche, il est plutôt basé uniquement sur les dialogues, on ne court pas après les XP, plutôt après les possibilités de jouer plus, peu importe la récompense matérielle, tellement le jeu est court, car c'est là son principal défaut, une durée de vie minuscule, compensée par une replay-value potentiellement bonne.
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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
Having played through the entire campaign however, I can attest that certain game mechanics do compromise the overall enjoyment.
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Xbox 360Netjak
Mass Effect is a game full of could-have-beens. It story could have been great, but it relied too much on clichés. The gameplay could have been great, but the Mako went and shot it in the face. The sound could have been great, if I could have heard what the characters were saying. The graphics could have been great, except for that darned pop-in problem. Mass Effect is a serviceable game and there is plenty of fun to be had, just be prepared to be frequently slapped in the face by how inconsistent everything is. Mass Effect is a resoundingly average game in every aspect, which is a complete letdown given BioWare’s history.